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Mar 16th, 2016, 01:59 PM
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I love the walks thanks!
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Mar 16th, 2016, 02:07 PM
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Correct.
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Mar 16th, 2016, 02:12 PM
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In a restauran I always try to sit in a banquette facing the room and place my handbag on the seat next to me -- unless it is a small cross body which I keep on.

I never put my handbag on the floor ANYWHERE home or abroad.
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Mar 16th, 2016, 02:24 PM
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Fabbie i dont wear a moneybelt everyday, only while in transit. I leave my passport , credit cards and bulk of money on the room safe, and just carry a days spending money( less than 100 euros) in my purse( a purse that has a good closing , and i still money in a small change purse and keep in the inner zipped pocket, i dont bother with a wallet in europe)
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Mar 16th, 2016, 02:29 PM
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Ps alot of women wear their money belt turned around so it sits in the small of their back, they find that more comfortable, i wear mine low in front..its not really uncomfortable because it doesnt have alot of stuff in it, just passport 2 credit cards and a debit card, and maybe a couple hundred euros.
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Mar 16th, 2016, 02:32 PM
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Have a great trip, fabbie!
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Mar 16th, 2016, 02:35 PM
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It's helpful if you post a link to the hotels and other things you're asking about - saves people from having to Google to help you. Is this the hotel you mean?

http://www.lib-rary.com/home/

In terms of location for a tourist, it doesn't get much more central than that. I haven't stayed there, though. It sounds an atypical hotel, which might work well for you. I haven't stayed within a few blocks of there so not sure about your breakfast question, though if nothing else you're not far from a Pret a Manger in Trafalgar Square.

+1 on the purse question - keep it in your sight/on your body. I don't use a money belt myself, but I travel with one piece of carryon-size luggage and a cross-body purse, so I'm not using all my hands to lug bags around - I can easily keep my arm on my purse. If I were hauling lots of bags, I'd use one.
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Mar 16th, 2016, 02:39 PM
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>>i dont bother with a wallet in europe<<

I don't bother w/ a full sized wallet either. I do take a very small Lodis that folds and has 4 cc slots and a compartment for notes. Fits in a pocket or (usually) in my small cross body.

One thing that is good to have is a coin purse. Many Americans don't bother with them at home - but in the UK/Europe everything under the equivalent of $3/$2.35 is a coin. The smallest notes are £5/€5 . . . $7.25/$5.60 so all your change gets heavy fast.
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Mar 16th, 2016, 02:53 PM
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I personally, never use a moneybelt. I find it uncomfortabe and I am so comfortable in France (you may not be) that it seems overkill to me. I also have a brown belt in karate so don't worry about thugs on the métro, even at my age.

A coin purse is invaluable. You won't believe how many euro coins you'll collect and how valuable they can be.
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Mar 16th, 2016, 04:32 PM
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I've also never used a money belt. But then I've never traveled for more than 3 weeks at a time. I just use my normal purse/pocketbook from home.
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Mar 20th, 2016, 11:01 AM
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Thanks jent103 Thought you've abandoned me! I will link links from now on. Thanks Leely. Thank you everyone. I will bring a coin purse. I ordered the Rick Steve money belt but I am doubting the use possibly just transit too. I'm usually big tote, small clutch but I'lli invest in a sensible cross body. That should be good if I find ways to double protect by hooking and re-locking. Brown belt that's impressive. My brother is into martial arts and taught me some dangerous neck moves so I will apply when appropriate. A stun gun is better but can't bring that on the plane thanks terrorists for ruining it for the rest of us.

I am so procrastinating with the London accommodation I have 2 months I will get it done eventually. Does anyone know of any other good food sites other than Chowhound the food in Paris looks outrageous. I might only do 1 day trip from London and hoping for a scenic drive to the country with sprawling greens and something very different from where I might end up in Paris and also somewhere nice to have lunch. No idea where that might be yet is Viator a good company they seem way too overpriced. They have a tour of Versailles too.
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Mar 20th, 2016, 11:19 AM
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>>is Viator a good company they seem way too overpriced. They have a tour of Versailles too.<<

Viator is NOT a tour company and they don'y run ANY tours. They simply sell tours run by other companies. You will usually pay more to the Viator middleman than to the actual tour provider

I use Opentable in London.

For green but IN London -- check out Hampstead Heath.

https://www.google.com/search?q=hamp...pSC7YQ_AUIBygC

Or you could do a day trip to Windsor (easy on your own by train), visit the castle and then explore Windsor Great Park. http://www.windsor.gov.uk/things-to-...t-park-p236491

>>A stun gun is better but can't bring that on the plane thanks terrorists for ruining it for the rest of us.<<

Even IF you could take one on the plane -- they aren't legal in the UK or France so you'd be in BIG trouble.
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Mar 20th, 2016, 11:57 AM
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You wont need to attack people fabbie( seriuosly i still wonder if you are pulling our legs) and i can not image living or visiting a place where one would need a stun gun, how barbarian. Common sence and a secure purse do for millions of other folks.

Versailles, do it on your own. Train is 8 euros return and 45 minutes. Palace and estate tickets run between 18-25 euros. Tours are rushed and over priced. Exception would be viisting versailles on a bike tour, super fun..look at Fat Tire and Blue Bike tours, both reputable, and biking is easy riding, anyone can do it.


Viatour , as janis says is not a tour company, they are just a middleman agency, usually better to buy direct.
They occaisonally do offer a sale price on a tour so do compare.

Most sites are however, cheaper and more fun to do on your own.
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Mar 20th, 2016, 01:58 PM
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As I have back pain problems aggravated by wearing even a small purse, I found a neat small bag that has 2 safety lock clips that I put on the waistband of my skirt or pant. I carried my phone, credit card, money. Lipgloss in it. My tops would hang over the purse. Much easier on my back and my hands and arms were free. Didn't have to worry about leaving purse anywhere.

Stayed in a Airbnb 1 bedroom apartment with AC and elevator in Paris for $150 a night. It was only 1 block from Henry VI Boulevard, 1 block to Bastille Metro.
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Mar 21st, 2016, 10:55 AM
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(seriuosly i still wonder if you are pulling our legs)


Starting with the magic money belt & ending with a stun gun. Same thought here.
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Mar 23rd, 2016, 02:10 PM
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Where'd fabbie go?
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Mar 25th, 2016, 10:18 AM
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I'm still here what the heck these attacks are sick and devastating these monsters are soulless. I'm not sure if it's wise that I still go so nervous and excited at the same time but more nervous I really don't know what to expect out there. I was only joking about bringing the stun gun but my fabbielous sense of humor didn't shine through as usual oh well.
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Mar 25th, 2016, 11:39 AM
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Stun guns and "dangerous neck moves" will land you in jail in Europe. Even if you are confronted first. Your attitude is terribly troubling. Stay home if you're so nervous.
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You won't know until you go.
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